Why God Blesses Us
Recently, I read the words of John Piper which left me deeply refreshed. I’ve always believed (and still do!) that financial prosperity, as is often over-emphasised, is not the core of the Christian gospel. It’s a part, but not the core.
Unfortunately, we’re often bombarded with the ‘prosperity gospel‘ almost to the point of disbelief.
The danger is if we believe the ‘garbage’ that physical prosperity is a measure of God’s approval, we risk dishonoring God when tough situations come (Proverbs 30:8-9).
It’s not all about money!
Prosperity is not all about material wealth. Scripture made it clear that our physical prosperity must be a reflection of our spiritual prosperity.
If you don’t believe me, take a look at 3 John 2:
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul – ESV.
God’s blessings are not all about money. True prosperity begins with our souls making peace with God and finding rest in Him.
Why God blesses us
So why does God bless us? Let’s be clear – it’s good to be blessed. It’s good to prosper financially and not be burdened with consumer debts (I preach that too!). Prosperity is good.
But that’s where we often stop. We’re tempted to forget the truth that life is not all about what we get but how much we give ourselves, our resources, our time to serve the needs of others. We receive much so we can give much.
God prospers us so we can be vessels and carriers of hope to those in need. Click to share this.
Become a conduit of grace
I love how John captures it in his devotional, Solid Joys (slightly paraphrased):
Too many Christians are content to work so they can get. But the Bible pushes us relentlessly to work and get so that we can give. Why does God bless us with abundance? So we can have enough to live on, and then use the rest for all manner of good works that alleviate spiritual and physical misery. Enough for us; abundance for others. God has made us to be conduits of His grace. The danger is in thinking the conduit should be lined with gold. It shouldn’t. Copper will do. Copper can carry unbelievable riches to others.
You’re never too poor, too needy to be a conduit of grace. Conduits of grace don’t focus on their needs all the time; they look around for opportunities to bless others.
Will you resolve to become a gracious conduit today? Will you give today?